TURNING CONCEPTS ON THEIR HEAD

Turning Concepts On Their Head

From the ordinary, relative point of view,
the enlightened attitude is extraordinary.

From the enlightened point of view,
the relative attitude is extraordinary.

From the enlightened point of view
enlightened view is being ordinary.

From the ordinary, relative point of view,
the ordinary, relative point of view is extraordinary.

From the enlightened point of view,
all phenomena and self are empty of true reality.

From the ordinary, relative point of view,
all phenomena and self are solid, and to be played with.

If we keep picking at it, it will never get better.
When we leave it alone, it gets better.
When healed,
the ‘wound’ is seen as never having existed.

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WHAT IS THIS EVIL IN OUR WORLD?

What Is This Evil In Our World?

What is this evil in our world?
It’s us!
What is this goodness in our world?
It’s us!

We have two potentials: enlightenment and endarkenment. Simply put, we all have a dark side of impure consciousness, and a light side of pure consciousness. Selfishness and selflessness. Most of us dwell in the middle, confused.

Universal knowledge is neutral, but may be used to deliberate ends.

On the edges of society, there are those who are endowed with empathy who are genuinely working towards enlightenment and the benefit of all sentient beings. There are also those lacking in empathy, who work towards their own personal gain and cause suffering to others

Both ends of the spectrum use this universal knowledge deliberately.

Those of us in the middle have become indifferent to what is going on: we ignore our intuition, and turn a blind eye to subtle, seductive influences. That which is evil works – in a subtle way – towards keeping our eyes closed. That which is enlightened works – in a subtle way – towards opening them.

If we are looking for the evil in this world, we must first look at our own ignore-ance.

In this period of world history, we are allowing the dark side to take hold. The balance will change when people wake up to reality, as opposed to the seemingreality.

“But what about those evil globalists?”

We consent to their activities because we fall for their glittering, digital trinkets. We rely on others for our salvation, rather than looking within. Our bodies are manipulated, our brains are manipulated, our consciousness is manipulated. If we live in Plato’s shadow cave, then we live a lie, and are deceived.

Both the enlightened and the endarkened know about the human frailties of desire, aversion and indifference. This is the law of the universe – attraction, repulsion and inertia.

The only difference is that the enlightened know emptiness and the endarkened do not. Emptiness has to be experienced: only then we can do no evil, Evil cannot understand emptiness because, in emptiness, there is nothing to gain.

Come out of the dark and into the light.
The view is fine.

😀

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BUYING INTO THE PACKAGE

Buying Into The Package
– Materially And Spiritually

The package:
to accept that an idea is right and allow it to influence you.”

The Buddha’s main point was not to take his word that you are pure consciousness; see for yourself!

This is why practitioners finally go into isolation, so as not to be influenced: they drop the package entirely. Until then, his teachings are a generalisation, and we have to make it personal!

There are spiritual teachings, translations, commentaries and rituals on the nature of reality. We may accept this approach and allow it to influence us, or we can take to heart the very essence of those teachings and personally investigate to see if they are true or not, rather than merely accepting what we’ve been told.

It is the same with ordinary life: we can buy into being that job, title or status, and the ethos or custom of our family or country – or we can find the way which genuinelysuits our temperament.

When we look at our ‘temperament’, we find that it is our personal set of confusions. Clearing those confusions is our way, our spiritual path; realising those confusions is our tool for empathy to work for the benefit of others. It is that which is our uniqueness. We may be in a group, but that does not mean we all feel the same way. On observation, we can see people squeezing themselves into a stereotype, which looks very uncomfortable! We have to realise the specific desires and aversions that bind us, and we may discover that these are usually dependant on others.

The Buddha’s teachings are generalised: it is only when we see for ourselves and test for ourselves that those same teachings become personal. They become a reality.

Everything that is created is dependant on parts and conditions, so no thing exists inherently, in its own right. Everything is therefore empty of true reality, because parts and conditions change and rearrange themselves, thus bringing about other creations – and this also applies to that which we refer to as ‘me’ (the package, the skandha). The universe is infinite: there is no one moment in time when everything started.

Meditation = cutting the strings to the package!

This is why practitioners finally go into isolation, so as not to be influenced: they drop the package entirely.

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THERE’S NO I?

There’s No I?
That’s confusing – and little upsetting – isn’t it?

Here, we have to tread the path of the middle way – not too tight and not too loose. Saying there is no I does not mean that you do not exist; that would be daft. But we do not exist in the way in which we see ourselves. We form a view of ourselves via reflections in the mind, while ignoring that which is seeing. This same mistake we all make … shocking isn’t it?

We also see ourselves in the light of a ‘social I’, whereby people respond to us and we bounce off that reflection, creating an association.

The mind has been fed ideas generation after generation, and we have come to believe that these ideas are us. That has been our reality for a very long time. Can you see the duality and confusion so created? It’s like going the the cinema; we believe in the pictures and react to them, but it’s all an illusion with sugary drinks and pop corn. Illusionists make money out from us believing in a virtual reality.

We are actually consciousness. Within that is pure consciousness, which has neither name nor description, and is empty of bias or distortion.There is no viewer, but just the view. If consciousness gets caught up in a viewer, this gives rise to an I: we relate to the view and make judgements, and this creates our illusory reality. Whatever is viewed is temporary as it comes and goes, while the viewing does not change.

Still confused – and maybe a little upset?
We were born into a cinema full of people who believe what they see to be reality, just like Plato’s shadow people in the cave. Stopping and taking a good look at what has been happening, we realise that we have been living within others’ projections.

Are you now very confused and upset? 😀
It can all be a bit of a shock. The closer we look, the worse it gets. The better our understanding, the happier we are, as we no longer believe in others’ caves!

I’ve been engaged on this investigation for fifty years, and it’s still a shock! The shock is that people do not realise their potential. Why is this? There is evil all around, causing us to believe in virtual reality in a digital cave – and you don’t have to be religious to realise this.

The ‘I’ is now just an empathy-tool.

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DO WE HAVE TO BE SPECIAL TO BE SPIRITUAL?

Do We Have To Be Special To be Spiritual?

The Buddha saw that everyone has Buddha nature, but we’re asleep. The word ‘Buddha’ merely means awake and pure, so from that point of view, no one is special … equally, we are all special 😀 .

We do not need titles, shaved heads, long beards, robes, thrones, fancy buildings, hoards of devotees. We don’t have to be monks and nuns. We only need an open heart and an open mind, uncluttered with elaborations and rituals. The important thing is to have genuine compassion born from empathy, to be able experience and feel what others feel – and we cannot do this in an spotless, ivory tower, merely quoting text. An empathetic mind and heart is what matters.

‘Spiritual’ merely means non-material; that is consciousness. We all have consciousness, and the potential to realise that we are that consciousness. If we wrap ourselves up in ‘spirituality’ and ‘religion’, we will not experience the rawness of life. The Buddha had to do just that. He left the safety of his father’s palace and saw for himself the poverty, ugliness, old age, sickness and death in the world = suffering.

We have to do the very same thing – experience life with all its deceptions, knocks and trauma. It is only through genuinely experiencing suffering that we will wish to escape this suffering: in this way, compassion for others is engendered. Until then, we will enjoy the nightmare of conformity, covering up how we truly feel – in the same way as everyone else.

There is nothing special about enlightenment from an absolute perspective. It is only special from a relative point of view, and a relative point of view is ignorant of the absolute point of view.

We’d all like to think that we’re special, but in the realisation of non-duality, special doesn’t exist.

We have space all around us, don’t we?
We are aware of this space, aren’t we?

Space itself is empty,
and we are aware of this emptiness of space.

Likewise, pure consciousness is empty,
and we are aware of the empty nature of consciousness.

Space and awareness are therefore a unity.
Inseparable.

Space is a symbol for the empty nature of consciousness,
so instead of searching for a holy place,
look at space!

That empty space is a reminder of the essence of our being.
No exotic toys needed!

😀

There is nothing inherently wrong with titles, shaved heads, long beards, robes, thrones, fancy buildings, hoards of devotees – but we may reify them, cling to them, become bound to them … the word ‘religion’ means ‘to bind’.

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NO ONE BECAME ENLIGHTENED BY MEDITATING

No One Became Enlightened By Meditating

“No one became enlightened by meditating:
they became enlightened by
dropping the meditation.”

Meditation is the method to come to stillness in the mind, to arrive at empty essence, to realise the non-duality that there is no ‘me’ and ‘meditation’; there is just clear seeing. Once we arrive at the emptiness of clear seeing, we drop the method. If, having arrived, we still apply the method, we are using effort and trying too hard; this is counter productive. We become too serious. To counter this, we need to be familiar with dropping, by “Short moments, many times,” as Tulku Urgyen advised.

Meditation is all about total relaxation, without going to sleep; it is being awake! Relaxing into stillness, we become the stillness, and realise pure, silent, clear awareness. Isn’t it wonderful when we stop doing anything?

Of course, effort is needed in the beginning to cut through the mental clutter and habitual mind games, but once awareness is recognised, awareness/consciousness becomes still, open, and receptive. First, we need boot camp; correctional taming for the adolescent mind by kind nourishment. Then, when we have learnt to be happy, we become the happiness itself.

The intelligent meditate.
The wise do not.

At a certain level of understanding, the world starts to look very crazy and challenging, but we have all ‘been and there, done that’. Empathy is the essence of compassion, and compassion is the realisation of the unity of emptiness and cognisance – the same nature as all sentient beings.

‘Softly softly catchee monkey’ is applying generosity, discipline, patience, perseverance, meditation and wisdom – the six perfections. In Dzogchen, we first realise wisdom, and then the rest follow naturally: other traditions start the other way round. Wisdom is knowing the true reality of all sentient beings, which is pure consciousness.

A word to the wise; start with wisdom, it’s quicker!

NB “A word to the wise” is a shortened version of the phrase, “aword to the wise is sufficient”which basically means that I’ll say one word and you will be wise enough to know exactly what I’m talking about. There is a connotation of the information being passed in a secret way.

Of course, this ‘passing on’ works both ways, as we are constantly being passed ‘wisdom’ that put us to sleep. 😀

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WE BECAME BEWILDERED …

We Became Bewildered …
and lost track of ourselves,
our true nature.

We are extremely subtle, pure consciousness that became bewildered about itself and so we downgraded into gross consciousness. This is how sentient beings take on a form to match their clinging to ideas.

Even if we do not see the relevance of reincarnation, the effect of this clinging is happening at every moment. Look at how we dress ourselves, how we think of ourselves, what we call ourselves, what we surround ourselves with, what type of work we do, our interests, what draws our attention … all this builds the picture of that which we call ‘me’. And it’s quite gross, when we are, first and foremost, extremely subtle, pure consciousness. Can we deny that?

We became bewildered and forgot this. We are – distracted, and so forget what we are. To ordinary humans, this must sound ludicrous, but to a spiritual practitioner, this is sanity as it indicates how far we have become removed from our true nature.

The good news is that when we recognise that we have forgotten what we are, we have remembered! Most have forgotten … and remain forgetful – but they will all awaken in their own good time. The interesting thing is that, in this dark period of humanity’s history, people are awakening to the extreme greed of those who are killing the Earth and humanity (they think there are too many of us).

There is enough for all,
but not when some want it all.
Because of desire, we create excess.
In simplicity, we have abundance.

First, we have to realise how powerful we are. If we are indeed extremely subtle, pure consciousness, then what is more powerful than that? We are not bewildered creatures who have to be led by others; we are supreme, enlightened beings. In Buddhism, it is suggested that we are wisdom-beings with light bodies in the formless-realm, but through bewilderment, we downgraded our status into the form-realm due to desire. Are we not governed by desire, and its opposite, dislike/indifference?

Realising this, we are no longer bewildered. We never were bewildered – we only believe that we are bewildered. Now the healing can start. That healing comes about when we no longer just react, scratching habitually at our wounds. We no longer collect more karma, more bias, more programming, more prewritten scripts. Enlightenment occurs when all bias is dissolved.

Recognising that we are bewildered and biased
is the path to enlightenment!
Our spiritual path is to recognise and uncover our own confusion.

Have a carefree day!

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EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING IS OUR TEACHER

Everyone and Everything is Our Teacher
And this is how life becomes worthwhile and delightful!

This not about having a worthwhile and delightful life in the physical material world. It is about being able to see and recognise that pure state within, which is aware, intelligent and wise. It is the source of all that lives. It is our very own reality that we mistake as just being perception when, in fact, it is our primary essential nature. Call it spirit, consciousness, God, universal truth, or the real ‘me’ rather than the projected programme – the graven image – we inherited from collective human behaviour. We can break out of human, assumed limitations …

“I don’t know”.
What?!
If you say, “I don’t know?”,
WHO KNOWS THAT?

This is about the moment we see. “Eureka!” “Thank goodness!” “I knew that all along!” “What a relief!” “Why didn’t I see that before?” You know that feeling …

Confidence destroys doubt. The physical teacher and the scriptural teacher are there to help us realise the inner teacher – and theteacher of all phenomena. To quote the Buddha, “Do not take my word for it; test it for yourself.”

How does this work?
Whenever we encounter another person or some thing, alertness arises, doesn’t it? In that first moment, we know we are alive. That is pure, conscious awareness. The essence of this conscious awareness is emptiness. Emptiness is pure, being uncontaminated by poisonous or polluting  concepts, our stock of biased ideas. In the moment of clear seeing is pure consciousness. This is our original state, our pure being. It is here all the time, so it is timeless. It is what we have always been looking for!

We are that knowingness, awareness, consciousness in the pure emptiness of the moment now.

However, that moment now becomes clouded because of the habitual pattern of feelings, thoughts, emotions and reactions, and so we forget that first moment. We enter a dream-state of circling thoughts, and so go into our routine; we tense up and twitch. This is because we haven’t recognised the serenity of the inner teacher, and so don’t recognise the teacher of all phenomena because we were too busy reacting to outer phenomena.

The inner teacher is the clarity of pure awareness. When this is established, acknowledged and realised, then any distraction in the outer world becomes a reminder – our teacher – of this clarity of pure awareness. We see our reactions for the first time. There is absolutely no reason to feel guilty about our feelings, thoughts and emotions: these are part of being human. But now we acknowledge them. We are free in the moment of seeing! “Eureka!”

Now, even our so-called enemy is our best teacher! We ‘see’ our strongest reactions! Take pride: this is the wisdom of equality where, even though we may think we are superior to others, they, at some time, will realise what we realise. Jealous is seeing a quality in others that we recognise: that recognition means that we have that same quality within us. Anger is mirror-like wisdom, where the mind brightens at that moment. Desire is discriminating wisdom. Ignorance is not knowing that we know – and this brings us back to …

“I don’t know”.
What?!
If you say, “I don’t know?”,
WHO KNOWS THAT?

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THE TRUTH IS NOTHING NEW

The Truth Is Nothing New

The truth is as old as the infinite universe, in any dimension.
What is this truth that is as old as the infinite universe, in any dimension?
It is that which perceives this infinite universe, in any dimension.
What else can it be?

Well? Well? Well? What is it?
You!

That which just perceives is pure consciousness.
What else can the truth be?

When we look for the truth
– the ultimate truth –
we discover that it is us.
We are what we seek.
What else can it be?

Whatever we see is merely our teacher,
for without seeing – pure consciousness – nothing could be known.

We are the omicron – little O – and the omega – the great O!
It’s that simple.

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THE STRONG SERVE THE WEAK

The Strong Serve The Weak

In a good world, the strong serve the weak:
confident compassion.

In a bad world, the weak serve the strong:
insecure subservience.

In a good world,
the weak can realise their potential.

In a bad world,
the weak stay subdued.

However,
through Dzogchen teachings in a bad world,
we can quickly realise our potential because,
in the very recognition of the weakness of a bad world,
we realise that we are, in fact, strong!

This is no point in complaining.
We just have to see, and be aware.
We can change our world at any moment.

Good, eh?!
😀

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EVIL IS SUBTLE

Evil is Subtle
Evil creates and reconditions our karma.

We all have the potential for enlightenment, but there is a darker part of the human condition, which we could call selfishness, or ‘evil’. Evil needs a cause in order to create the ‘right’ conditions to its advantage: the cause and the conditions are the human mind. We are constantly being led by the nose into mistaken beliefs. This is akin to the Solomon Asche Experiment, which is in constant use to make us to conform, despite our inner conflict of conscience.

Everything that happen in the world has a cause that creates conditions for further causes. It is like a huge, eternal game of chess. Do you think evil does not know how our minds work? As long as there are sentient beings, there is evil present, although this evil is an illusion manufactured by an illusionist who is deluded about actual reality: this illusionist is our self-image.

Telling people that seeing is believing is a misunderstanding of the word ‘believe’.

BeliefAccepting something is true, especially without proof. Accepting a statement by someone as  being true.

“Seeing is believing” is said to mean that, if you see something yourself, you will believe it to exist or be true, despite the fact that it may be extremely unusual or unexpected. Hence, the Solomon Asche Experiment. Seeing is believing … is it?

This is exactly what an illusionist does: makes us see something so that we believe it to be real. On a stage, this may be fun, but in worldly affairs, this is evil at work in its subtlest form as it is the very cause of human suffering and wars. The jobsworths* will not see the evil as they are merely conforming to the Solomon Asche Experiment; “Monkey see, monkey do.”

Belief has mistakenly become synonymous with ‘knowing’, and is held to be more important than knowing if we consent to others’ mistaken assumptions.

The Buddha said,“Do not take my word for it; test it for yourself.” This is exactly why I’m devoted to the Buddha’s teaching. It is such a relief to no longer rely on beliefs.

When Tulku Ugyen said, “We are free in the moment of seeing”, he meant that that was the moment of pure consciousness.

*A jobsworth is a person who uses their job description in a deliberately uncooperative way, or who seemingly delights in acting in an obstructive or unhelpful manner. The term can also be applied to those who uphold petty rules even at the expense of humanity or common sense.

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SECULAR, SYSTEMATIC EXAMINATION OF REALITY

Secular, Systematic Examination Of Reality

We don’t have to be religious or spiritual
to experience our primary nature of consciousness.

Secular examination is based on our human faculties of logic, empathy, reason and moral intuition, none of which are derived from supernatural revelations. We see, we know.

However, when using logic, empathy, reason and moral intuition to examine reality, we are looking at the essence of human faculties – pure consciousness – rather than the everyday, conventional, consciousness that we think of as being normal.

Reality is that which never changes: if it changes it is only a seeming reality. Reality is timeless. Seeming realities are made up of parts, causes and conditions, and so are subject reto change and time.

In order to see and to know, we first have to stop our mind from wandering off in its usual fashion, clinging to a ‘self’ image and conventional ideas of ‘normal’. To see clearly is to know clearly, as opposed to an ‘I’ interpreting what it sees, and therefore what it knows: a ‘self image’ is only a projection. After all, we have to be an honest scientist, examining through a clear microscope what, in fact, reality is.

In order to see and to know, we need to train or tame our squirrel-mind (which rushes around, collecting tasty morsels and burying them for later), and that means slowing down into silent, unbiased observation.

To tame the mind so that we can be that clear microscope, we first focus our attention one-pointedly, so as to cut through the clutter of conventional patterning. Traditionally, this entails watching the breath, while the other senses are fully open. We note that we wander off, and in that noting, we remember to return to the breath. We are just observing the breath, with itsinhalation, pause, exhalation, pause. It’s like that – try it and see, as this systematic examination is experiential, rather than a scholarly investigation.

Gradually, as we relax, we notice the space in the pause between breaths. In that space, we become aware that awareness is present. We now turn our attention on that awareness. There is no rush: if we wander off, we merely return to watching the breath.

The breath now takes care of itself, and we relax into the awareness. At some point – whether through instruction or through coming to a conclusion – we realise that we are, in fact, none other than this awareness, and that is consciousness. In pure consciousness, there is nothing other than consciousness.

If we think that this is boring, then we cannot have an uncontaminated microscope with which to examine further.

When seeing has clarity, we reach the same realisation of all the spiritual masters: we are empty of modifications, and that pure consciousness is beyond religiousness or spirituality. We arrive at the realisation of non-duality, rather than the twoness of ‘me’ and ‘the experience’.

The secular approach is not dressed-up.
We don’t have act a certain way (you know what I mean!)
It is just a matter of quietly being.

Now, we can approach life with clarity.
We are no longer sucked in by our own self image,
or that of others.

We do not have to believe anything.
Just seeing is the clear light of bliss –
or, as I prefer, the clear light of relief.

We are free in the moment of seeing.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF VALUING OUR TRUE REALITY

The Importance Of Valuing Our True Reality …
… rather than wandering off into vacant distractions

When we can acknowledge that the way in which we live and love is unsatisfactory, then we are on the path to enlightenment: the realisation of what we and all phenomena truly are. The only way to do this is to sit in stillness and see it happening within us. This is the practice of meditation, concentrating and going beyond our circling thoughts and the everyday routine.

The world around us objectifies, putting a label on everything and downgrading experience; we could say de-humanising or even de-spiritualising experience. We value things as being more important than the reality of the thing itself, and have become so involved in a subject-object relationship that we create our own confusion, and live within that.

Our confusion comes about because we do not value the reality of pure awareness within us. We probably think that this is something in a galaxy far far away, whereas this perfect reality is here, right now!

But we doubt, and so become half-hearted. That’s why we keep wandering off mentally, downgrading all experiences into mundanity. In spiritual endeavours, we cannot be half-hearted as we need to fully experience the rawness of life in order to see its reality, rather than covering it up with sentimentalities.

We forget all about pure perception, pure awareness, and so, we limit experience, believing in the seemingreality of an object as opposed to the moment of perception itself. That moment of pure perception is what we are. But we are always calculating the value of things, and that has become more interesting than valuing the reality of our being, which is pure consciousness.

May the knowledge light rays destroy ignorance” is a line from a prayer to Manjushri. Knowledge is the realisation that pure awareness radiates wisdoms. Wisdoms from pure awareness are effulgent, being the brilliant expression of compassion. That is the reality of the entire infinite, universe – to be crystal clear in order to destroy ignorance.

But we keep wandering off into the mundane. The more we investigate our reality, the more we value it, and the more profound spiritual statements become: the more the realisation, the more the compassion … and the more one’s heart sinks …

But that shows us the way!
The devil is a great teacher.

The more we see, the more the pattern of our behaviour changes. Our expression has to match our seeing: as the view expands, so must our conduct. This can be a little frustrating, but change does happen, and we gradually learn how to express the inexpressible, using the wisdom of the light rays (the qualities of the Buddha families: reflective, discriminating, all encompassing, equalising, and spacious).

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“THAT’S TOO DEEP FOR ME!”

That’s Too Deep For Me”
People are fooled into believing that they cannot see

“That’s too deep for me!”This is a phrase I often hear when the subject of consciousness is brought up in conversations. I explain that consciousness is just our natural awareness before thought … and that is where the conversation ends. It seems strange that we can be so disconnected from consciousness, and so connected to thoughts.

When talking about problems in the world and what’s behind them, it comes down to the manipulation of consciousness.

Stop saying, “I don’t know”! We do know. We do see. We are the knowingness itself. We are only confused because we’ve been told confusing things and so, of course we’ll say, “I don’t know”.

This the same as Plato’s allegory of a shadow on a cave wall: we think that the image on the wall is our reality, when we are locked in a cave of conventional thinking.

Plato’s Cave

Plato’s cave

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It’s the same wherever we go!

We can, at any moment, step outside this confusion, precisely because we see the confusion. That’s it! It’s that simple! We are not confused, but we have been made to believe that we are.

If familiarity with consciousness is taken out of circulation, then we are imprisoned. Consciousness nowadays is equated with perception – whatever we perceive – rather than the perceiving. The key to freedom is consciousness being aware of consciousness. Once we realise that we are that consciousness, we can no longer be enslaved by the shadows in our mind.

As long as we limit ourselves to a ‘me’, we will never go deeper.
Start meditating today. See for yourself, and step out of the cave!

Education is the kindling of a flame,
not filling a vessel.”
Socrates

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WHY I STOPPED WORRYING ABOUT TOGAL

Why I Stopped Worrying About Togal

I gave up on Togal – the great mystery of gazes and visions – to just concentrate on seeing clearly … it’s far simpler! Better the devil you know, than the devil you don’t! Life is too short to have mysteries hanging over one’s head: it’s like living in hope that one’s lottery numbers will come up, or that the teacher to see that you are worthy. That will never happen, so it is we who have to know.

There are descriptions of Togal online, but they seem to be based on over-elaborate manipulations of our vision. Tibetans are very colourful. My wife and I were at a monastery on a hill just outside Kathmandu in Nepal, and we were taught a secret teaching by the lama: “Go outside and do the four-fold sky-gazing practice”, which entailed staring at a cloudless, blue sky and realising subtle emptiness. So we did that. Then came back and had supper. What was that all about? There was no further discussion.

Some teachings aren’t explained enough, while others are over-explained. It all depends on who is talking. To a Tibetan, visions and dreams are very important, but to others, perhaps we need a more straightforward explanation, a sequence of understanding and experience – and not all traditions use the descriptions of Togal.

Togal in Dzogchen is our natural, spontaneous presence at its finest level.

This is not a secret. It is just something to be personally realised; clarity joins up the dots.It is not a intellectual, scholarly exercise for which we get points; it is genuine experience. When the text mentions ‘visions’, it may simply mean the qualities of essence seeing clearly.

‘Rigpa’ is Tibetan for pure consciousnessorempty awareness, and has two aspects – Trekcho and Togal. Trekcho means ‘cutting through concepts’ = seeing clearly, and Togal means ‘direct crossing’ or ‘the direct approach’ = seeing clearly immediately. Concepts are acknowledged immediately upon arising, and spontaneously realised as emptiness. This ‘seeing clearly’ represents the natural wisdoms. It’s the Dharma made practical.

Before we can look at cutting through and the direct approach, we have to recognise that empty awareness or Rigpa has three qualities: emptiness, awareness and the unity of the two, which is compassionate activity. It may sound pedantic but it’s very important to see this clearly, for if either emptiness or awareness are missing or forgotten, then we fall into the extremes of ‘Nothing is real’, or ‘Everything is real and permanent’: in this way, we dwell ignorance, and therefore there can be no truly compassionate activity.

So, the one empty awareness prisms into these three qualities, called ‘Kayas’; Dharmakaya (emptiness), Nirmanakaya (awareness)and Sambhogakaya (the compassionate unity of the two).

Rigpa is clear-seeing, like a crystal. This empty awareness or pure consciousness crystal further prisms into five qualities: reflective, discriminating, all encompassing, equalising, and spacious. These wisdoms are the natural outcome of Rigpa.

Mirror-like wisdom.
Discriminating wisdom.
All-accomplishing wisdom.
Wisdom of equality.
Wisdom of space allowing the other four to operate.

The clarity of these enlightened activities translates into pacifying, enriching, magnetising and destroying. Tögal bring this spontaneous presence to realisation. This is practical Dharma. Happy now? 😀

Healthy and Safety: Please do not poke your eyeballs for the phosphene effect … 😀 😀 😀

NB. If you know better, please comment! 😀

A phosphene is a phenomenon characterised by the experience of seeing light without light actually entering the eye. The word ‘phosphene’ comes from the Greek words phos (light) and phainein (to show). Phosphenes that are induced by movement or sound may be associated with optic neuritis – a demyelinating inflammation of the optic nerve.

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THE DUALISTS

The Dualists

We sentient humans live and believe in a state of duality. Duality means two. Everything is related to me. In spiritual terms, consciousness is always relating to something. Me and other. This is so ‘normal’ for humans that we do not notice the actual reality of non-duality – the reality of empty consciousness – pure consciousness.

Ordinary consciousness relates to things, feelings, thoughts, people, places, stillness, and even meditation. It is this relating that created a ‘me’ and ‘mine’; a separation between object and subject. This relating awareness is relative truth, our conventional truth. It’s all we know … so we think.

We do not notice that we are, first and foremost, consciousness, before things or thoughts arise. That first instant of consciousness is pure consciousness, pure perception, absolute truth, non-duality. It is from this that everything is known. Before “Oh, how lovely!” on seeing a flower or “Oh, how awful!” on seeing a dead rat, there is just seeing, just perception, just consciousness. It is that which we constantly miss. We scoot over that moment now, and land up in our feelings, thoughts and emotions about that thing which has become so precious or abhorrent to us. We have just lost our sanity – our sound mental health – and we have become irrational. Whether we feel that life is wonderful or life is hell, these are both just temporary states of duality.

Being spiritual is more like being a scientist, a psychologist, a detective, an objective observer: one who knows when and how to be impartial, take care and apply love.

Being the ultimate observer, there are not two. Actually, there isn’t even an observer, as that entails relating to observation. There is just observing. We could call that the pure observer, which is none other than pure consciousness. Reality has to be constant, and never changing. If a thing changes, then it has no reality – just a seeming reality. It is because we think this seeming reality is real that we suffer. The word ‘suffer’ is a heavy word and may sound extreme, but we get so involved with the seemingly real that this isthe cause of our suffering – when it hits us in the face!

Incidentally, time is only related to things that change. Universal space and the space of pure consciousness can never change and, as such, are timeless.

We just need to balance duality and non-duality. Of course we need to relate to things and one another, but this doesn’t mean that we do not have to forget our prime source – non-dualistic consciousness.

It’s a sort of double act. Me and my shadow. It’s like wearing two hats, one for the relating to the world and the other for pure reality. Sometimes, if we are skilful, we can wear two hats at the same time! This is living in the unity of the two truths.

If we remain divided, we remain partial, and so cannot love.
In emptiness, there is impartiality, and so we can love.

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DOUBT

Doubt
A feeling of uncertainty.

Doubt everything.
Gain confidence in the doubt.
Until the moment of enlightenment,
we will have doubt.
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It is in the awareness of the doubt
that we can trust.
We cannot doubt awareness.

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WHY DON’T WE WAKE UP?

Why Don’t We Wake Up?

“I am awake!”
We only think we are awake.

We are as awake as in a dream.
Being awake is being awake to reality,
rather than a seeming reality.

All perception takes place in the brain among the neurons and axons. The brain is our cinema, our big screen, watched by constant consciousness. All phenomena out there has no permanent reality, and our ideas about that phenomena out there also have no permanent reality. It all comes and goes.

We fall in love and get too close; we find fault and attraction turns to repulsion. We get divorced … and then look for more of the same. This is our dream world with all its ups and downs, coming to you today on the big screen! We believe in our dream … but we’re not totally confident in it, and therefore we feel vulnerable.

So, what is ‘waking up’?

Waking up is notabout what governments are doing to their people, or what disguises corporations are employing, or what the media and public relations are manipulating, or how psychologists are playing with our minds.

Waking up is realising the viewer of the big screen. That viewer is pure consciousness. The big watcher, the supreme watcher, the omniscience.

Realising that this is what we are is waking up to reality!

Now all those ideas and thoughts about whatever’s out there are just passing comments at the bottom of the screen. It’s called News Ticker, and this is what fills our lives, our attention, our awareness, our consciousness. We get so involved that we live the dream – and this dream is loaded with suffering.

We wake up by being still in body, speech and mind. Be aware, rest in that awareness, realise that we are that awareness. That is pure consciousness. We have been wake all the time, and we never knew it.

We cannot wake others because they have to want to wake up, as that means that they are aware that they are sleeping … tricky! They need to see ‘something’ that switches on the light at the right time and in the right place. Don’t take it for granted that we have woken up because we’re on a spiritual path. We merely go through the same routines, rituals and teachings until … and then we rest there!

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy.”

Rabindranath Tagore.

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CONSCIOUSNESS IS THE GO-BETWEEN

Consciousness is the Go-Between
… the messenger

Consciousness goes between that which is perceived
and the realisation of pure, inner essence.

If the messenger gets distracted by outer phenomena,
it loses contact with the pure, inner, absolute sovereign
and becomes a slave to idols.

This messenger has many names: Manas of the Upanishads, Hermes of the Greeks, Mercury of the Romans, Apt of the Ancient Egyptians … It is the organ of the mind that fetches messages by scanning the mind for information: some may call this the voice of God.

Incidentally, if the message isn’t quite clear, ask for clarification. This can be immediate or could take time – or there isn’t enough data. It is a messenger that clarifies.

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HUMANITY’S MENTAL HEALTH

Humanity’s Mental Health
A war on humanity

Good mental health is the number one priority for humanity: with this we can cope with anything.

But when we look around, we see that our minds are constantly being bombarded to create reaction. It make one wonder who is doing it. Ever seen this?

Esoteric                   Exoteric

Knowledge is neutral: there is the esoteric knowledge for the few, and the exoteric knowledge for the many. The knowledge of the few can control what the many are allowed to know. The cap stone illustrated on the dollar bill will always remain separate from the rest.

From a spiritual viewpoint, the good news is that those who think that they are on the esoteric side are, in fact, on the exoteric side because there are deeper levels of understanding the same knowledge. They still have not realised the true nature of the esoteric, which is pure consciousness. This knowledge has to be practised in order to be seen, rather than theorised about. Pure being or pure consciousness is beyond all dictums.

The knowledge
All sentient beings are subject to three failings: ignorance, desire, and aversion. This being so, we become easily addicted, and can thereby be controlled. In Buddhism, these failings are known as the three poisons – but that is only at the lower levels of Buddhism. At the highest levels, these very poisons are wisdoms: they are the medicine that heals!

The wisdom
When we realise our true nature – which is pure consciousness, empty of any contamination – then whatever arises within that emptiness is immediately and clearly seen. These negative poisons are now our aid! We never need to fear the emotions again as we cannot be controlled either by them or by anyone else.

Good mental health is a clear mind.
Sounds radical? Just look around.
We are free in the moment of seeing!

Simple meditation sees.
Good mental health loves unconditionally.

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OUR MENTAL HEALTH

Our Mental Heath

Life is all about good mental health.
With a healthy, peaceful mind,
we can cope with anything.

How do we get started on our quest? First, we need a question.

When we’re young, we are attacked by trauma after trauma, with hormones exploding all over the place. It’s always been thus. We get angry, depressed, frustrated, doubtful, lonely and impatient, and find that no one can listen to us, and we annoy everyone. This … is normal! 😀

We have a good heart that loves, but cannot express itself for fear of rejection. This … is normal! 😀

Why isn’t anyone listening? Because everyone has gone through exactly the same experience, and became too busy to listen any more. This … is normal! 😀

So, what is that question? That question is: “What’s it all about?”

What is it all about? This is the same question that we all ask – and then many of us forget all about it. Some of us, however, continue to ask that very same question: “What is it really all about?”

First, we need to calm down a little, so that we can have a healthy mind-space to clearly see what is bugging us. There’s no point in just following others, as they may be totally lost as well :D. The more we ask a question in our own mind, the more we will attract possibilities. Many have no question, and so have fewer possibilities.

We all want a happy life; we want to know that life has been fruitful and not a waste of time. This is not to condemn others’ choices as, at the back of everyone’s mind is still the question, “What’s it all about?” We merely delay the inner answers by entertaining ourselves.

Our own mind holds all the keys to satisfaction. Once we ask a question, this leads to other questions and so we learn sequentially, as we are all individuals with one thing in common – consciousness. Conscious awareness tells us everything we need to know. It does not giveus the answer; it isthe answer! This … is normal! 😀

Consciousness is the go-between.
It is consciousness that perceives the constant changes
that come our way.
And consciousness can be conscious
of our constant inner reality.
That which never changes.

When we realise this consciousness, it intelligently applies wisdom and skill to everything we do and say. We might still be sad at the world, but that very sadness is, in fact, love. Even though we may find like-minded people, our mental health is down to us, and our own self-discovery.

Sadness in love is normal.
Love is our ultimate responsibility.
Love is that great.

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TREKCHO

Trekcho

Can we liberate our thoughts?
Can we stop being controlled by thoughts?
Can we stop our habitual tendencies?
Can we stop being ‘us’?

Yes.
But it’s not so easy to stay liberated 🙂
This is because we identify
with the karmic build up in our brain.

First, we separate thoughts from consciousness.
Then we see that they are, in fact, a unity,
because it is by virtue of consciousness that thoughts are seen.
Now, when a thought arises,
it is seen immediately
as the presence of consciousness.

Upon recognition, thoughts are liberated spontaneously.
We just need to get out of the old habit
and become familiar with this new process of realisation.

In Tibetan, this is called Trekcho:
liberation upon arising.
Thoughts are inseparable from Dharmakaya/emptiness.

It’s nothing fancy.
We are free in the moment of seeing.

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LIVING NATURALLY IS A THREAT…

Living Naturally Is A Threat …
… to a busy life.

We have totally lost the plot
when we are fed on strife and stress,
and arrive, exhausted, at death.

Modern life destroys a sense of season.
Live with the seasons.
Eat with the seasons.

Seasons follow on naturally,
as we should.
Don’t miss out on a precious life;
slow down to the pace of nature.

Take time to sit and just be.
If we are too busy,
we will not have time
for tears of joy.

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“I FORGOT”

I Forgot”

Knowing that we forgot, we remember.
No need to feel bad.
No need for low self esteem.

We are free in the moment that we see
we are not free.

In a single moment, we fall into dreaming.
In a single moment, the mind can illumine.

Mystery?
No mystery!
It’s like that.

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COMMUNION

Communion

Communion is that which we have in common.
Communion is in silence, not in expression.
And silence is pure consciousness,
empty of self.

Empty of self and other,
there is no me, and no God.

This what the mystics realised.
We are free in the moment of seeing.
Non duality is perfect communion.

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THE REALITY and THE MERRY-GO-ROUND

The Reality and The Merry-Go-Round

We desire to be enlightened, and/or we are averse to suffering. These two emotions – desire and aversion – derive from ignorance; ignorance of our true reality, which is pure consciousness, pure being. These emotions are also the two inspirations that motivate our investigation into spiritual awareness: this may sound contradictory, as desire and aversion are both negative emotions that cloud our understanding, but as we are embodied in a dualistic form and environment, we use the tools at our disposal.

The reality

We have never been separate from the ultimate state of pure consciousness, and so it’s amazing that we insist on searching elsewhere. Why? The answer is that we have been too busy on the merry-go-round, going around in circles, oblivious to the fact that it’s not so merry.

The not-so-merry-go-round

It is only when we meet the rawness of life that we want to change, and start to wake up because it’s so uncomfortable that we cannot bear it any longer. There are plenty of traditions that apply the soft approach, promoting loving kindness. Well, they say they promote loving kindness for all, but it is often partial towards that group: loving kindness is a good thing, but if the essence of pure consciousness within that isn’t realised, then these are just words. The soft approach can cover up a ‘multitude of sins’ – the rawness – as do antidotes, while the underlying suffering still leaves an odour.

What we are dealing with is Samsara, which the Sanskrit word for the vicious cycle of existence, where we look for happiness which turns out to be conditional happiness as it relies on the ‘right’ conditions. If the right conditions are unavailable, we become unhappy and are thus constantly going up and down. Samsara is the not-so-merry-go-round: it is the huge deception and distraction that never seems to end, as we believe these illusions that distract us to be real.

The proposal

As long as we look for satisfaction elsewhere – which is anything that the collective deems to be its idol and ideology – we will never get off the ‘merry go round’. When we see what we are doing, we automatically step off.

We are divided by whatever idol we worship. When we see, we are free.

The delusion
Decorating the merry go round.

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TRIVIA IN OUR MIND

Trivia in Our Mind

Engaging in trivia fills our mind with trivia.
This imprisons us with irrelevancies,
and so our minds become a product of our environment.

While we are so engaged,
machinations are at work
to imprison us further.
Hope and fear
are the tools of machination.

If our mind is filled with ideas that are not of our choice,
then we will live
in someone else’s dustbin.

Our mind is a precious tool
which can overcome hopes and fears.

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YOUR MIND IS NOT YOUR CHOICE

The Content of Your Mind Is Not Your Choice

A student asks about going through mental anguish, and Sadhguru explains that“the content of your mind is not your choice.”

Our mind is the product of our environment, and goes everywhere with us.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0btJHqGY0l8

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DOES ENLIGHTENMENT HAPPEN GRADUALLY, OR WITH A BIG BANG?

Does Enlightenment Happen Gradually, Or With A Big Bang?

Sadhguru

When the season is right the flowers will bloom, and mangoes will come!”
If you do the right things, the right things will happen to you.”
Enlightenment does not suddenly happen for no reason; there is always a cause.”
Understand the limited role every thing has in your life.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNuBBNB-gXw

Make sense?

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THE CONSEQUENCE OF HAVING NO GOAL TO REACH

The Consequence Of Having No Goal To Reach

This puts us at odds with 6,020,000,000 billion peoplewho believe that there isa goal; who were told about a heaven and believe in that. If others believe something we do not, then we leave them alone, and they us. Realising that we are what we seek puts us at odds with a great number of people on our planet.

According to a survey of World Religions, people who are “secular, non-religious, agnostic and atheist” account for about 14% of the world’s population:

14% of 7 billion people = 980 million people.

7,000,000,000 minus 980,000,000 people = 6,020,000,000 billion people (more or less) who believe.

Added to this, the fact that there are believers gave rise to non-believers, agnostics, atheists, secularists and the don’t knows, and so the number of people reacting to an idea of ‘heaven’ – for or against – is … huge!

Those who realise that we – being pure awareness – are what we seek, because anything known or believed exists only by the virtue of pure conscious awareness, are as rare as a blind turtle rising from the bottom of the ocean once every hundred years, and putting its head through a floating ring! Wow!

That, in itself, is an ‘enlightenment’. Of course, this is not the “Enlightenment” of a fully-realised being (whatever that is), but we now understand that we are no longer driven by our and others’ ideas or karma. We no longer adhere to others’ ways of thinking. Not having to conform to others’ standards, we realise that we are free. This can be a little unnerving, because we now confront raw experience which tells us something, rather than our imposing on a situation, thus limiting the experience.

So the consequence of there being no goal to achieve is merely the realisation that there is nothing to seek but seeing itself. This is an enlightened relief; a feeling of confident relaxation, being released from anxiety, guilt, distress, etc

It’s happiness!
“Free in the moment of seeing.”

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THERE IS NO GOAL TO REACH

There Is No Goal To Reach

There is no goal to reach
There is merely an uncovering,
through discovering and realising that,
in practicality,
there is nowhere else to go.

The goal is nowhere but here, now.
It is the presence of pure awareness.

This uncovering releases us from our ideals and idols
that obscure pure awareness.

Our imagined goal
We hold in mind an ideal
to satisfy our concept of what perfect is;
as personified by our idol,
and existing only in our imagination.

This concept of ‘I’ and ‘heaven’
– though desirable and perfect –
is not the reality.

The Dharma is truly practical
Resolving that reality
can only be
conscious awareness now.

The future will always be now!

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MAKE DO AND MEND = DHARMA

Make Do And Mend = Dharma

We accept (make do) whatever karma brings our way.
We heal (mend) that karma by not clinging to it.

This view is the enlightened attitude,
and the very happiness we seek.

Make do and mend addresses and heals our mental dissatisfaction.

Make do and mend: manage with and repair “what one already has” rather than looking for and buying replacements.

“What one already has” is our confusion which created our own karma: as such, it is our spiritual path, which is the cloud in front of us. Our spiritual practiceis identifying and bring an end to confusion and suffering, demystifying the cloud.

Karma: The residue of causes and effects, which creates further causes and effects. This maintains our confusion – the accumulation of ideas to which we cling – which drives our reactions and has an effect on our physical world.

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BEYOND BOUNDARIES

Beyond Boundaries

Taking time out of our programme.
Programme = before written = karma
Who wrote and consented to the programme?
We did.

When we look at our life, we find that it has a pattern to it, and so has our behaviour. We acquired a programme that was written by our likes and dislikes. When it is allowed to run, it saps our precious energy for the potential of enlightenment to occur. As a result, we have no time to think clearly.

We need a short break in this pattern of behaviour, don’t we? So just sit for a moment; do nothing and be aware. Just be aware. The senses are naturally wide open to experience – just the one taste of experience, neither liking nor disliking. Feel the facial muscles relax. It only takes a moment.

What a relief. So try it again.

We may find, “I can’t do that! I’m busy!’ This is because the programme has taken us over. Isn’t that scary? This is, in fact, our wonderful moment of enlightenment. We are free in the moment of seeing! We have just meditated!

What a relief. So try it again.

Can we make a habit of coming out of the programming, and enjoying the relief? Certainly. We need to break the meditation. When we meditate, we are in a duality – ‘me’ and the ‘good feeling’. It is said that nobody became enlightened by meditating: enlightenment only occurs when we drop the meditation.

When we stop meditating, there is a moment of non-duality. The realisation of pure consciousness. Truly doing nothing. As Tulku Urgyen advised “short moments, many times”. Everything just drops away – even the meditation. In a meditation session, we may try too hard; when the session ends, a sense of relief from not having to do anything arises. That is the emptiness of pure reality.

Of course, the madness of the programming starts to run again, but gradually we become familiar with this process, and everything seems to loosen. We unbind, and relax naturally. We slow down, enjoy life and become more efficient. We have gone beyond our boundaries.

What a relief. So try it again.

It only takes a moment.
Free in the moment of seeing.

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IN PURE CONSCIOUSNESS, THERE IS NO MYSTERY

In Pure Consciousness, There is No Mystery

In pure consciousness, there is no mystery:
It is as clear as … just seeing!

Spirituality is the psychology of mind-essence.
In pure consciousness, we are all connected
to every spiritual tradition that has ever been.

A mystic is merely an person initiated into pure consciousness.
We are all sleeping mystics as we are all pure consciousness,
so there is no mystery.

It is only a mystery to a thinking mind
that is cluttered with worldly affairs and contrivances.

A mystic is one who realises the nature of consciousness,
whereas the ordinary mind is unaware of the nature of consciousness.

Maintaining that it’s a mystery beguiles the vulnerable.
If someone calls the reality of pure consciousness ‘a mystery’,
it is they who are mystified.

Mystery: something that is difficult or impossible to understand or explain.

Consciousness: being aware. It is not difficult or impossible to understand or explain, as all creatures are conscious, but unaware of this.

Here is what needs to be pointed out:

When consciousness looks into consciousness, it finds nothing but consciousness, which is empty of worldly affairs and contrivances.

Not finding anything but consciousness, consciousness suddenly realises that its own nature is pure consciousness.

Ergo, we arepure consciousness.

One day, every duck will reach the same conclusion! If, however, that duck is told to only believe and have faith in the great Duck in the sky, it will remain mystified and unworthy, and will suffer; it will never realise that its true nature is the same as ours. Until it arrives at this realisation, it will continue to fall for the quackery! 😀

Mysteries separate us.
Truth does not.

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STOP LOOKING, AND SEE

Stop Looking, And See
Looking, but not seeing

If we keep looking for a exotic teaching,
we never see that we are it that we seek.
That seeing is pure consciousness.
Whatever is seen is the distraction.

Exotic terminology is exotic jargon;
something foreign and outside.
The wisdom of reality
is neither foreign nor outside us.

We are free in the moment of seeing,
and not while we are looking.
It’s not complicated;
we do not need to dress it up.

The nature of our spiritual reality
is the nature of our own mind.
The emptiness of awareness.

Now all we need to do is get on with our lives,
noting our reactions – our programming –
and realising that we are free in the moment of seeing.
Gain victory over karma.

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THE PROMISED LAND

The Promised Land

The ‘promised land’ has always been our highest state of consciousness, which is pure, empty, uncontaminated awareness. Until we truly realise and value this pure consciousness, nothing will ever make sense.

When we look at the teachings of Krishna, Abraham, Buddha, Christ – any genuine spiritual teacher who realises the essence of reality – they are all saying the very same thing; the oneness of being free in the moment of seeing. Pure consciousness being aware. That’s it. We cannot be what we see, so, in that moment of recognition that we are free of whatever arises in the mind, realisation takes place. This is soimportant to understand; the moment we see that we are deceived, we are free. No?

That freedom isthe promised land, the Buddha realm, Heaven, perfect peace of mind. It has never been something ‘out there’, ‘up there’ or ‘down there’. Its very essence has always been the pure nature of mind.

When we understanding this simplicity, then we can stop looking for something else, something more, something better. Life is too short to keep doubting. We have been diverted into separateness, divided into partiality, wound up and conquered by demonic forces that do not want us to be free.

We just have to see this for ourselves.

Even religions have an addictive quality to their formulae and rituals, and we just go round in circles. Being free in the moment of seeing can be realised in the toilet! We only have to value that we are free now- the promised land is in the moment now. But we insist on holding on to our prison of material and mental addictions, keeping up with the other inmates. Pure consciousness – the promised land – is the destroyer of all the enemies that obscure that promised land.

Ultimate truth didn’t start at a point in time. Ultimate truth is before the earth was formed. In each era, a spiritual teacher arises to refresh those teachings. Each teacher has a certain emphasis with which some connect, while others do not. And still others pervert …

It might seem more difficult to focus in this modern, technological age, where we are so distracted that we cannot even think straight. Chaos abounds. Every day, humanity is being squeezed and limited. This is merely demonic selfishness by the obsessive few to control the many.

The marvellous point is that, because it is so bad, it is so obvious. Our attention has been turned aside at every moment to look for the promised land in the physical realm of power and wealth. It’s getting sillier by the day!

We have been deceived from two directions: the first is being made to believe that there is one external God, and the second is the arising of a hierarchy of so-called mystics who use the inner knowledge to appear as intercessors to the promised land. As an example; the famous 19th century mystic and founder of Theosophy, Madame Blavatsky, took advantage of the world’s nearly-total ignorance of this inner knowledge to convince the gullible that she had acquired her ‘mystical knowledge’ from ‘otherworldly’ sources.

We just have to stop looking for esoteric wisdom, and just be it.

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Abraham, The Vedas and Dzogchen

Abraham, The Vedas and Dzogchen

There is – and has to be – a commonality of spiritual traditions that unifies us all. But there is – or could be – a simple misunderstanding that misleads us into being separate.

Once we realise the essential nature of our reality, which is the oneness of pure consciousness, then everything is understood and makes sense. Everything in the universe is ‘made up’ except for pure consciousness; that is the only logical constant.

We can easily become lost in the stories of history and miss the truth of what it is really all about. There is a huge difference between believing and knowing.

From an early age, we become infected by ideas which we do not question: we either believe or disbelieve, following everyone else. But what if there is a deeper meaning? Remember that there are esoteric and exoteric teachings: one for the few (intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people), and one for the many. If only the few know, then the rest have to believe. The few rule the many. Interesting?

It is all about what to value, and how to value it.

Abraham was called “Abraham the Hebrew” in Genesis 14:13, which is the first time that the word ‘Hebrew’ is used in the Bible. Where did this term come from, and what does it mean?

In the Hebrew language, ‘Hebrew’ is עברי (Ivrie). The root letters are used to mean cross over, or pass through.  It isspeculatedthat Abraham earned the name ‘Ivrie’, or ‘One who has traversed’, referring to the fact that he came from the other side of the river Euphrates.

But what if the word ‘Hebrew’ meant: One who had ‘crossed’ over from mundane ordinary consciousness to elevated pure consciousness? The pure clarity of consciousness speaks volumes when it realises that it is free in the moment of seeing. It sees all the obscurations that the mind creates. Is that not similar to receiving ‘God’s’ clarity? “And the truth shall set you free”? Interestingly, the word ‘Kabbalah’ means to receive, which corresponds to the pointing out instruction to the direct nature of mind in Dzogchen.

What if Zion is actually the Kingdom of Heaven – the moment we realise our true nature? Oh my goodness, what about that?!

We have been fighting wars about beliefs and stories for no reason at all. 😀

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HOW IS ATMAN, BRAHMA?

How Is Atman, Brahma?
How am I and my Father one?
How are emotions and wisdom the same?

It’s quite logical.
It’s all to do with upgrading consciousness.

All creatures have consciousness; they are aware. When this ordinary consciousness develops a conscience, that inner voice of knowing – consciousness – becomes something extraordinary; atman.

This very moment of recognising atman is brahma.

Brahma, The Father, God, Rigpa, Pure Consciousness is our highest part. Ordinary consciousness is free in the moment of seeing that we are it whom we seek. Call it what you want. Without consciousness, we wouldn’t know anything. Once we realise pure consciousness – which is consciousness realising its true nature – everything is known! This is because pure consciousness is the only reality: everything else in the universe is impermanent matter and ideas created by causes and conditions.

This ‘I’, this personal consciousness, this me, is a conjured-up image that we (ordinary consciousness) latch onto for safety and reassurance, because it fits in with what others believe. However, we will always feel insecure because this image has no reality.

Pure consciousness is empty awareness. There are two aspects to our reality: it is aware, and also empty of the pollution of fixated, negative emotions such as desire, dislike, fear, hatred, jealousy, pride and indifference.

Empty awareness and pure consciousness are a oneness. If one aspect is ignored, consciousness falls into an extreme of confusion. If we just remain in emptiness, we become nihilistic and life feels meaningless. If we just remain in awareness (or consciousness) everything feels real and threatening; we take ourselves seriously, and are subject to tantrums.

Ultimate truth is pure consciousness that either rests within itself, or ‘relates’ to external events (which includes all our thoughts and others’ thoughts!) This relative self is a hypothetical ‘me’, a notion, an assumption. We are free in the moment of seeing this hypothetical me, and we become our higher part.

It is through meditation that we discover what we are. Then we drop the meditation to bewhat we are. Meditation is merely a tool, a vehicle, a boat to get us to our higher shore. Once we arrive, we no longer need the boat. If we keep ‘meditating’, we become attached to the oars poking God, Brahma, Rigpa, pure consciousness and missing the whole point.

Spiritual practices can become mechanical, and we end up playing with ourselves! 😀

Ultimate reality is the simplest reality. We deal with anything that comes along with the same wisdom. When we see an emotion arising, we are free! Whatever occurs is our teacher, merely reminding us of what we are.

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THE ESSENCE OF REALISATION

The Essence of Realisation

The essence of realisation can see through the fog
of all religions and spiritual traditions.

The primordial and over-riding spiritual teaching is,
“To see, is to know”.
Being simultaneous, this is non-duality.
Free in the moment of seeing.

Consciousness, looking at consciousness,
finds nothing but consciousness.
That is self realisation!

Krishna:
“Atman is Brahma”.

Christ:
“I and my Father are one”.

Buddha:
“The unity of relative and ultimate truth”.

There can only be one truth and that is
the pure knowingness of pure consciousness.
Anything else just creates division, mystery and confusion.

It is step by step logic, without mystery.
The creation of any mystery is misleading.

When ordinary consciousness sees,
it then knows its own true nature.

Where does salvation lie?
In the teacher or in the teaching?
The teacher merely tells you the truth.
Experiencing the teaching is the realisation.

If you fail to achieve your goal,
change your strategy, not the goal”
Krishna

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THE INVASION OF OUR MINDS

The Invasion Of Our Minds
This is the reason why we meditate

Meditation is merely letting the mind settle down:
First, watch the breath.
Experience the awareness of watching the breath.
Rest in that awareness.
Realise the spaciousness and clarity of that awareness.
Acknowledge that this awareness is none other than consciousness itself.
Realising that there is, in truth, nothing other than consciousness, we arrive at pure consciousness. And that is what we are – pure clarity!

Now, we can be aware of the invasion of the mind snatchers! If humanity could look at its inner reality of pure clarity, it would realise that it was free. Free to enjoy a simple life, a fulfilling life and a life filled with love for everything and everyone whom we encounter.

But we still have to be aware that much about the modern lifestyle has become detrimental to our mental and physical health.

When the modern world fills our minds with trivia and our bodies with food of little value, then we cannot think clearly. We worry and stress, and our immune system runs down, making us vulnerable to attack.

Without a clear mind, we cannot acknowledge consciousness, let alone pure consciousness.

Our bodies and minds are too busy trying to cope with the junk and drivel poured into us. Modern life has accelerated this drivel to an alarming degree. People are plugged into music, I-phones, the internet, sports, social media, games, ‘news’ … all of which we fixate upon, and which de-sensitises us to our natural, pure reality. The media spews out drivel every day, constantly turning our attention to this and that, rather than whatever is truly going on. Demonic activity is at work 24 hours a day, lowering both our IQ and EQ (EQ = emotional intelligence = our ability to empathise).

Personally, I think religion is just as culpable in that it exaggerates the formof spirituality, which can misdirect us from our true essence of pure consciousness.

The greatest problem is that we are not aware that we are suffering, because we are kept so busy, captivated by the next piece of trivia.Hey! It’s a jungle out there! So quieten the mind and take back control.

When we recognise that someone else recognises, isn’t it a wonderful relief! 🙂

It’s a jungle out there
Disorder and confusion everywhere
No one seems to care
Well I do
Hey, who’s in charge here?
It’s a jungle out there
Poison in the very air we breathe
Do you know what’s in the water that you drink?
Well I do, and it’s amazing
People think I’m crazy, ’cause I worry all the time
If you paid attention, you’d be worried too
You better pay attention
Or this world we love so much might just kill you
I could be wrong now, but I don’t think so!
‘Cause there’s a jungle out there.
It’s a jungle out there.

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THE AGE OF CHAOS

The Age Of Chaos

The more we look, the more we see chaos in the world.
Chaos creates confusion; confusion creates suffering.
Confused people desperately seek an answer; a saviour.

Upon finding a saviour, we stop looking.
We thereby relinquish responsibility.

This describes the Hegelian dialectic: problem, reaction, solution.

Don’t take my word for it;
look and see for yourself.

When we see, we are free.

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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SPIRITUALITY

The Psychology of Spirituality

That which is called ‘spirituality’
is really psychology at its subtlest level.

When we honestly look,
we honestly see that we honestly suffer.

Then we can honestly do something about that!

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THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO CURE FOR ABSOLUTE LOVE

There Is Absolutely No Cure For Absolute Love

If we try to hold onto absolute love,
it becomes relative love.
This is why absolute love is only now.

The curse of relative love is attachment.
The cure for relative love is detachment.

The curse of absolute love is sadness,
in seeing others stuck in relative love.

The cure for this sadness
is realising that this sadness ends
when resting in the absolute moment of now.

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MUNDANE AND SUPRAMUNDANE LIFE

Mundane And Supramundane Life

There are two different ways of looking at life: the mundane, earthly, materialistic experience, and the supramundane experience above and beyond that.

We oscillate between the two so quickly that we don’t notice the confusion, doubt and chaos this creates. It’s a conflict between the heart and mind – a closed heart and a closed mind. An open heart is not sentimental. An open mind is not constantly calculating. Being open is having an open, spacious atmosphere – or rather beingan open spacious atmosphere.

We become locked into the mundane because of the company we keep. The materialistic world demands that we remain mundane; it fears the supramundane. This oscillation is why we feel constantly uncomfortable and ill at ease.

The supramundane knows everything that needs to be known. It’s our conscience, our intuition, our pure, conscious awareness that we ignore, while we – the supramundane – try to fit into something much smaller and limited, which is the mundane, materialistic world. This is what makes people so crazy and busy. People may seem sentient, but they lack control of their lives because of living to others’ expectations. We all go through this process – until we chose to stand back, look and see. Having seen, we drop it, and stop calculating.

‘Dropping’ means dropping all attachments. This is tough because we have invested all our time and energy into being ‘us’, maintaining a self image in order to become a mundane part of a mundane world.

Supramundane is free the moment that it recognises the mundane: free in the moment of seeing. Seeing and then dropping. Now, our mundane life can loosen up, freeing our fixations and loosening our karmic load (karma is just a Sanskrit word for the results of previous actions that are fixations in our minds).

We still have to live through our karmic load but, with awareness, this gradually simplifies. Enlightenment is the extinction of karma, when ideas and emotions no longer control us.

Mind and heart have to work together, as we are both mundane and supramundane beings embodied in a mundane world … for now! Nothing mundane lasts as everything is material and therefore subject to deterioration. The supramundane lasts precisely because it is immaterial, not relating to matter.

We only have to take the time to look and see, and then, reflect and see. The fact that everyone around us is materially-inclined doesn’t mean we have to consent to follow them.

Value good company: good company helps us to remember pure consciousness … our heart’s desire. Our supramundane-ness 😀

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BEGINNERS’ BUDDHISM AND ADVANCED BUDDHISM

Beginners’ Buddhism and Advanced Buddhism

These are the same teaching, and you don’t have to be Buddhist to realise these teachings: the Buddha wasn’t! It is obvious that the Buddha must have been aware of the Vedic tradition, which expressed the same essence.

Buddhism – especially Tibetan Buddhism – can sound extremely complicated, but it all comes down to just being aware or conscious. We can all do that!

The special aspect of this teaching is that, when we look into awareness or consciousness, we find nothing but awareness or consciousness. That is why it is called ’empty’ or ‘pure’,and we realise that, in fact, this is what we are: pure consciousness.

Pure consciousness is our primordial reality. Everything else is impermanent.

The only difference between a beginner and an advanced practitioner is that the advanced practitioner may rest in pure consciousness longer, whereas a beginner stays in distraction longer. Those of us in the middle sway both ways! 😀

It’s not about what is seen: it’s about that which is seeing what is seen. This happens simultaneously, and it is the meaning of the unity of the two truths of relative and ultimate truth. By virtue of one, the other is known. The point is not to get too obsessed by either.

Our physical life is full of woes, but we can start to see through these woes, and their causes. We have merely consented to demonic activity, all based around an illusory ‘I’.

To see is to know. “Free in the moment of seeing!” This is why distracting demonic activity needs to create woes 24 hours a day in order to ensure that we do not wake up.

Practitioners are more vulnerable to attack.
Our protection is to remember.

Demonic forces require our consent.
Once they see that we do not give our consent, they move on.

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WHAT’S BENEATH THE MUD?

What’s Beneath The Mud?

The mud is our contrived self.
Beneath the mud is the pure awareness of our contrived self.
We are free in the moment of seeing.

We are each our own teacher and student.
We are free in the moment of seeing that we weren’t free.
The mud washes off when we see the mud.

If you would like to say how you feel, please comment.
It’s always interesting and valuable
to hear others’ approaches.

Or go to
buddhainthemud@hotmail.com
for a quiet chat.

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HOW ARE YOU WIRED?

How Are You Wired?

Our brains are all wired differently due to both our natural tendencies and heavy modification from our upbringing. We have ‘family wiring’ – traits. This wiring of axons and neurons is our message-gathering system; channels that carry signals from one neuron to other neurons. Our reactions come from this constructed mental system … in other words, karma! What the mind (consciousness) creates, the brain fixates upon. The setup of axons and neurons are our fixations! It is only when we pause and stop merely reacting, that an upgrade in the axon-neuron system evolves.

That is how we change, and become more intelligent. We no longer just react, going into the same old routine.

‘Routine’: from the French, route, road=neural pathway! 😀

It takes time to change. This is why we take time to practise discipline, tolerance, patience and concentration, and to develop wisdom.

Differences in brain wiring are why we may find it difficult to talk to those whose wiring is on a different wavelength. People who identify most strongly with their wiring – their collection – are the most difficult to deal with. This is because of ego-fixation, or idea-clinging, and is often (unfortunately) very obvious amongst those who are religiously-minded. Our wiring is our confusion, our makeup, our acquisition of mental ‘DNA’.

This is what meditation is meant to uncover and set free. We look, we see, we know.

We change our wiring by acknowledging that we feel uneasy. We ask questions, we find an answer and then we do something about it: that’s the four noble truths!

When we can acknowledge our first response to a situation, then we are free. If our life has been hunky-dory and we haven’t gone through traumatic experiences, there will be no reason for us to want to change. Our inner teacher is our suffering. Our outer teacher is anyone who shows us how to recognise our inner teacher, rather than someone who merely repeats religious texts.

The amazing thing is that we can be free in the moment of seeing, and it’s such a relief. If we don’t see that we’re suffering – and so live in a god realm – nothing changes. The ‘god realm’ is a Buddhist term for those who think they have it all, and feel superior to others. The problem in the god realm is that nothing lasts; everything the inhabitants think they have will eventually collapse back into the hell realms, causing tremendous suffering.

(for more about this, search The Six Realms)

It’s all about being honest with ourselves, and recognising our wiring and responses – “free in the moment of seeing.”

How amazing! In Tibetan: “E MA HO”!

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THE REAL PROBLEM WITH CONFORMITY

The Real Problem With Conformity

There are two approaches to spiritual awakening: the comforting approach and the shock approach. The comforting approach is that we are already, in truth, enlightened beings, but that approach can become a little sloppy, as we may not acknowledge the obstacles that we have created to actual realisation. The shock approach is that, if we do not investigate these obstacles, we will encounter more of the same – or worse!

Conformity is compliance with standards and rules, in order to be able to work in harmony and unison with others, so that we are all thinking the same way. But – and this is a loud But – the Buddha said, “Do not take my word for it that these teachings are true; test them for yourself.” Here, he is saying to investigate and see what is true rather than merely taking the word of others; their expression might mislead because we may be in one place, and they in another :D. Even though others may appear to be right, their right may not accord with our right. This is why there are different traditions, and the same words may have different levels of meaning.

I know for a fact that, if I go to the same teaching by the same teacher, I feel those teachings differently from others – and of course, the converse is true. We are not wrong in our approaches: we just have different emphases, and value different aspects. I think there is too much teaching – too many words – as so much is transmitted in silence.

Teachers are limited because they have to stick to their system, and cannot deviate from that. As an example, I had a question about the absolute truth regarding the constancy of mathematical formula, but no one had a clue what I was talking about because it didn’t register within that system:D If we apply the method and ingredients of a biscuit – the causes and conditions – we will always get a biscuit. Likewise, if we have a certain attitude, we will take on a certain incarnation.

I have taken onboard the basic teachings, but not some of the elaborations and customs, while other love these embellishments, bells and whistles.

If we are so ready to conform to others’ standards, rules and suggestions without remaining conscious of what we are doing, we may, in the next incarnation, just be one of the herd.

This may turn into this …

Then this …

… and then this!

Scary isn’t it?
Always test those you follow:
they may only be
here for the bells and whistles.

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THE VEDIC SCRIPTURES, THE BUDDHA, THE CHRIST, THE TULKU AND YOU …

The Vedic Scriptures, The Buddha, The Christ, The Tulku And You …
… are all the very same source of pure consciousness.

The pure consciousness of non-duality.
When we look, we see.
When we see, we know.
Knowing is divine insight.

The Vedic Scriptures:“To see, to know.”
Gautama Buddha: “See for yourself” … then you know.
Jesus Christ: “Seek and ye shall find” … then you know.
Tulku Urgyen: “Free in the moment of seeing” …then you know.

For thousands of years, the moment of realising non-duality has been expressed in different ways.

When we look for our self, we find nothing but looking; that looking is seeing, that seeing is awareness, that awareness is consciousness. As there is nothing else that consciousness can find, that is the pure consciousness of all the enlightened ones. When we have dropped separateness, we realise the miracle!

A miracle is a remarkable event revealing divine insight; something we hadn’t seen before is now seen. It is astonishing that this wisdom has been kept from us for so long. The moment of freedom is the moment we see that we have been deceived! Free in the moment of seeing.”

Any genuine teacher from any genuine path will say the same, genuine thing. What we seek, we are. We choose the path that suits our temperament and confusion.

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THE MOST IMPORTANT SPIRITUAL TEACHING…EVER!

The Most Important Spiritual Teaching … Ever!

Spiritual teachings actually say the same thing, again and again and again. The meaning only changes with experience, and then realisation occurs. The questioning is like a bell clanging, getting louder and louder: when it stops, the silence is deafening, and we wonder what we’ve been doing all our life.

When the Buddha said, “Don’t take my word for it; test it for yourself”, and Tulku Urgyen wrote, “Free in the moment of seeing”, they were both saying the same thing, again and again and again. This is the ultimate teaching. The teaching is not the truth; it is personal experience of the teaching that is the truth.

It isn’t a matter of worshipping the Buddha, Tulku Urgyen or our teacher. It’s a matter of experiencing what is meant.

“Don’t take my word for it.” “Be free in the moment of seeing.”
This is self-realisation.
To be aware that pure consciousness is naturally free
of a self image.

It doesn’t matter which teachings or retreats we’ve attended, or what we think we know or don’t know, the teachings are not the truth. The truth is that seeing for ourself is the moment of freedom. Our true self is pure consciousness that realises the games being played by the mind – everyone’s mind. The fake-knowledge. Ego realises the game is up, and it cannot hide any more!

That is the genuine, spontaneous realisation: the recognition of pure consciousness, which is called shunyata or emptiness. There is no teaching throughout the infinite universe that is more profound than that. All matter and thought are continuously changing and therefore have no constant reality: everything is impermanent. The universe, which is empty space, contains constantly changing matter which is made up of parts and, as such, has no permanent reality because everything arises due to causes and conditions.

Human beings can know the nature of the entire universe in one moment: no need for elaborate spaceships and elaborate temples.

When it comes to the truth,
we are constantly misled.

Don’t take anyone’s word for it.
Just see, and realise contentment.

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